In no particular order:
- I will wake up consistently early and go to bed consistently early.
WHY? I will feel so much better; I will provide personal time for myself by starting the day before Ender starts his; I will eat breakfast at the right time; I am supposed to.
- I will be more affectionate with Michael and Ender.
WHY? Affection is Michael's love language; babies need to feel their mommy's love; I will love myself better; I will be focused on the eternal priorities.
- I will exercise at least 5 days a week (at least 30 minutes per day).
WHY? Hah! Because I must! It is a commandment to care for this temple; I will be more in tune with my body, my spirit and the Holy Spirit; I will feel better; I will look better; I will sleep better; I will have more energy.
- I will pick a private room in the house to pray aloud.
WHY? My prayers will be more sincere; I will learn to align my will with Heavenly Father's will; I need divine help; my family and friends need divine help.
- I will not take part in entertainment that is crude.
WHY? It would show irreverence for the gifts I have been blessed with in life; I know better.
- I will practice the harp at least twice a week.
WHY? I love the harp; I have a talent, therefore I have a duty to share it; my fingers' muscle memory will otherwise decline.
- I will figure out how to be the Mary Kay consultant I dream of being.
WHY? I have prayed about it and feel it will be an immense blessing to all; I want to see myself work hard, prove myself and accomplish something I used to only dream of; we need a car!
- I will be more fun!
WHY? To be a good friend; to bless my family; to develop my personality even further; to be a child with my children when they need that special companionship in imagination; it feels so good to laugh; others will feel boosted by my enjoyment of being with them.
- I will doodle every month.
WHY? It's so fun! It makes other people happy! It makes me laugh! It awakens what I like to think of as "my deep well of creativity." Um, I've never thought of it in those words, but...that's the idea.
- I will play around with my sewing machine.
WHY? I suspect I have a hidden talent in there; this is another fun thing; I could see so many ideas come to fruition! It feels empowering; I ought to know how to sew better than simple mending (I just feel that way).
- I will cook a lot!
WHY? My family needs to eat; I love baking and trying new recipes (so it feels fulfilling); this may be yet another hidden talent.
There are always lots of things I could resolve to change for the new year, but I weedled them down to my spiritual parts in dire need of improvement, urgent physical needs and talents that need growth or development. Having "published" them on my blog, I now feel wonderfully obligated! Bravo!